Proverbs 19:3

3 When a man's folly 1brings his way to ruin, his heart 2rages against the LORD.

Proverbs 19:3 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 19:3

The foolishness of man perverteth his way
The sinfulness of his heart and nature; the folly which is bound up in it causes him to go astray out of the way in which he should go, or makes things go cross with him; so that the ways he takes do not prosper, nor his schemes succeed; but everything goes against him, and he is brought into straits and difficulties; and his heart fretteth against the Lord;
laying all the blame on him; and ascribing his ill success, not to his own sin and folly, but to divine Providence, which works against him; and therefore frets and murmurs at him; and, instead of charging his own ways with folly, charges the ways of God with inequality; see ( Ezekiel 18:25 ) ( Jude 1:16 ) .

Proverbs 19:3 In-Context

1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.
2 Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
3 When a man's folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD.
4 Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

Cross References 2

  • 1. [Proverbs 11:3]
  • 2. [Psalms 37:7; Isaiah 8:21; Revelation 16:11]
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